It's 1838. James and Sadie Goodenough have settled where their wagon got stuck - in the muddy, stagnant swamps of Northwest Ohio. They and their five children work relentlessly....
A voyage of discoveries, a meeting of two remarkable women, and extraordinary time and place enrich best-selling author Tracy Chevalier's enthralling new novel....
Bewitching art experts and enthusiasts alike for centuries, the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries hang today in the Cluny Museum in Paris....
In New York Times best-selling author Tracy Chevalier’s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850....
After earning a graduate degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, Tracy Chevalier was immediately recognized for her literary talent....
Meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin, two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy.
A poor family moves to 18th-century London, where the father has been offered a job as a carpenter for a circus. His children befriend a young girl who introduces them to the great city....
This collection of original stories by today's finest woman writers takes inspiration from the famous line in Charlotte Brontë's most beloved novel, Jane Eyre...
In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland, the first woman to be so recognized. Three hundred years later, only one work is known to remain....
When orphaned Daiyu leaves her home in the provinces to take shelter with her cousins in the Capital, she is drawn into a world of opulent splendor....
Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional....
An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War....
Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive....
Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others....
Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window....
When, in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, he is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across from the Kremlin....
When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren't....
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life....
In January 1901, two families become inextricably linked when their daughters meet in a fashionable London cemetery. Separated by social class as well as taste, the Waterhouses cling to traditions while the Colemans look ahead to a more modern society. As the girls grow up and the nation emerges from the shadows of oppressive Victorian values, one woman's bid for greater personal freedom has disastrous consequences, changing the lives of both families forever.
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"Chevalier again proves herself an astute observer of a social era...[she] shows imaginative skill in two neatly accomplished surprises, and the denouement packs an emotional wallop." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Twomey's narration is] a quiet tour de force that makes this intriguing tale enthralling." (AudioFile)
I love historical fiction! This story is definately worth the listen/read. I had a real sense of how life differed in the previous century's turn. The characters are very believable. If you took a time machine back, you'd meet one of them. A Victorian era author could not have told the tale better.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
The view of life from the numerous and varied percpectives was done brilliantly. The author gives personal and accurate glimpses of humanity through the eyes of different classes, generations, and values, holding the listener's attention at every turn. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The author provides a vivid description of life for women during victorian times from the lowly servants to the upper class. An interesting "listen" and I couldn't wait to get back to it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Yes, but not this audible edition because the American accent totally destroys the atmosphere of the book which is set in London, England.
What did you like best about this story?
The details of life at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Would you be willing to try another one of Anne Twomey’s performances?
Not unless it was an American setting for the book, but even then I'd be wary as I don't like her 'breathless' delivery.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Ms. Chevalier excels at character development, and her considerable talents are put to good use in this book. The story line is a little thin, but that is compensated by a cast of richly developed characters, each with their own voice. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at English Victorian society through a variety of perspectives.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The main word that kept coming to mind while listening to this book was "weak". The characters are flat and one dimensional, and Chevalier cannot seem to decide which topics to focus on. The end of the oppressive Victorian Era, class distinctions at the turn of the century, The suffragette Movement, A girl's coming of age, infidelity - and sexual depravity were all included here. Sadly by attempting to tackle so much she ends up covering none of them well.
This story just ends up shallow, dull and with a plot that disolves rather than concludes.
Bottom line, this is simply not Tracy Chevalier's best work.
Audible side note: why the narrator chosen for this story opted to read it with an American accent is a mystery to me. The entire story and its characters takes place in England, but it may as well have been Columbus. I found this to be very disappointing.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
An intruiguing and unusual view of a turn-of-the-century English household and neighborhood. The characters are surprising and convincing.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Seriously, a book set in Victorian London is read by someone who sounds like they are from middle America? I don't get it. And the book is so slow, I can't tell where it's going. I just can't stand to hear any more.
Would you ever listen to anything by Tracy Chevalier again?
I liked Remarkable Creatures, so I got two more books by the same author, they were both awful.
How could the performance have been better?
A British person reading it?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
All three of those
Any additional comments?
You should state when the reader is reading a book set in England, with English characters, in an American accent. Agatha Christie novels don't have someone reading Hercule Poirot's voice in an American accent, why does this one? I want my money back!
Falling Angels is the story of two young girls who meet in a London cemetery where their families' graves are next to each other. The story follows them as they change, their friendship changes, their families change and history is made. The women's suffrage movement takes one of the girls' mothers from an education-but-bored mother to a leader in the movement, and the girls are carried along by her discontent with her life, and the comparison to the other girl's mother. It's a story of contrasts, of growth and of the power of change. I enjoyed it very much, a pleasant surprise.
I'm not sure what's more irritating..having an American reader for a book set in Victorian London or having an American reader make excruciating attempts at an English accent.
7 of 14 people found this review helpful